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Go lead your Airmen

Go lead your Airmen

By [email protected] (Dave Smith)

“I still do this because I love it. Each day I get to put on the uniform – the cloth of my nation – and be part of a world champion team,” Command Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre, Air Force Space Command, told Vosler NCO Academy class 15-2.

McIntyre addressed 109 technical sergeants at the Vosler NCOA Feb. 11, sharing experiences and advice gained from more than 30 years as an enlisted Airman. He noted his relationship with the Air Force runs even deeper than his three decades of service.

“Both of my daughters were born on Sept. 18, two years apart,” he said, noting that they share the Air Force’s birthday.

McIntyre reminded the group they are the future leaders of the Air Force and will lead the service to where it needs to go in the coming years. He told them one’s view of the Air Force is based on where he or she sits, and from his position it looks good.

“The difference between me and you is my supervisor,” McIntyre said. “I can tell you from where I sit in the Air Force there is no one who can do what we can do.”

About 80 percent of the Air Force consists of enlisted members, who McIntyre referred to as the “backbone and heartbeat of the Air Force.” To illustrate the point, he shared a personal experience from his time at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., when Russian inspectors visited as part of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.  Russian inspectors were most suspicious of the number of enlisted people handling important technical jobs.

“The Russians did not think enlisted people could do what they do,” McIntyre said. “Our generals run the Air Force, but the relationship they have with our enlisted force has never been better.”

The Air Force is the most diverse service of its kind, McIntyre said, and that is where it gets its strength. The command chief began his career in logistics, issuing thermal underwear in Alaska – he can still recite the inventory number. Today he is responsible for the professional development of 10,000 Airmen at 134 worldwide locations and credits the NCOs who mentored him along the way for his success.

“It’s because of people like you who helped me and held me accountable,” he said.

McIntyre advised the class of sergeants to be attentive and address problems when they occur to prevent standards from eroding. He said to forego addressing an observed issue is to condone it.

 

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Source:: Air Force Space Command